The Chevy Silverado 1500 was introduced into Chevrolet’s lineup as a full-size pickup truck in 1998 and is still made today. The Silverado 1500 is one of the best-selling trucks in the USA and has many features consumers expect from today’s trucks, including towing. But what is the towing capacity of a 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500?
A 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 has a maximum towing capacity of 12,500 pounds when properly equipped.
The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 tow capacity can vary based on a few different factors such as engine size, drivetrain, and others which we’ll cover in this guide.
There’s a bit more to know about the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 tow capacity which we’ll cover in today’s guide.
How Much Can The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Tow?
The 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 has a towing capacity of 12,500 pounds.
The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 tow capacity is affected by other factors like engine type, drivetrain, the weight of cargo and passengers, and whether your vehicle has a towing package equipped or not.
You can always reach out to your local Chevy dealership for details to confirm how much your Silverado 1500 can tow.
You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.
2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Engine And Drivetrain
There are three engine options for the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500: a 4.3L V6, a 5.3L V8 engine, and a 6.2L V8 engine.
4.3L V8 Engine: 7,600 pounds
5.3L V8 Engine: 11,100 pounds
6.2L V8 Engine: 12,500 pounds
2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Tow Capacity By Trim Level
There are nine total trim levels for the 2018 Silverado 1500, and some engines are not available on certain trims, so they’ll each have different max towing limits.
Here’s the max tow capacity broken down for each trim level on the 2018 Silverado 1500:
2018 Silverado 1500 WT: 11,100 pounds (with 5.3L engine)
2018 Silverado 1500 LS: 11,100 pounds (with 5.3L engine)
2018 Silverado 1500 Custom: 11,100 pounds (with 5.3L engine)
2018 Silverado 1500 LT: 11,100 pounds (with 5.3L engine)
2018 Silverado 1500 LT Z71: 11,100 pounds (with 5.3L engine)
2018 Silverado 1500 LTZ: 12,500 pounds (with 6.2L engine)
2018 Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71: 12,500 pounds (with 6.2L engine)
2018 Silverado 1500 High Country: 12,500 pounds (with 6.2L engine)
2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Payload Capacity
The maximum payload capacity of the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 is 2,250 pounds.
Please note, the payload capacity will vary based on factors such as engine type, drivetrain and whether or not your vehicle is equipped with a towing package that includes other features like an engine oil cooler or transmission oil cooler.
If you are unsure of your vehicle’s payload capacity, please contact your local dealership for details.
2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Tow Package
The 2018 Silverado 1500 does not come with a tow package installed, but it is available as an add-on.
Towing package options that can be added to the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 hitch receiver, trailer wiring harness, and a trailer brake controller.
2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity Vs Competitors
The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a maximum towing capacity of 12,500 pounds, which makes it capable of doing some heavy duty trailer towing. This number is similar to its main competitors, the 2018 Ford F-150 and the 2018 Ram 1500.
Here are some similar vehicles to the Chevy Silverado 1500 and their towing capacities below:
2018 Ford F-150 Towing Capacity: 14,000 pounds
2018 Ram 1500 Towing Capacity: 12,750 pounds
2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Towing Capacity: 13,000 pounds
2018 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity: 12,000 pounds
2018 Nissan Titan Towing Capacity: 11,060 pounds
2018 Chevy Trucks Towing Capacity Chart
|2018 Chevy Silverado 3500||23,300 lbs|
|2018 Chevy Silverado 2500||18,100 lbs|
|2018 Chevy Silverado 1500||12,500 lbs|
|2018 Chevy Colorado||7,700 lbs|
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Owner’s Manual on Chevy’s website and have checked all data thoroughly for accuracy.
Having said that, we still recommend you refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual yourself before towing with your Chevy Silverado 1500.